“We do not credit ourselves with what it is we can – and often do – accomplish. We are blind to our gifts; we are deaf to our voice. We do not see or hear our magnitude. Why is this?”. Quote from Julia Cameron’s book – The Right to Write
Author of The Artist’s Way and many other excellent books, ‘The Right to Write – an Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life’ is my current inspiration. Her Chapter on Bad Writing explains that ‘in order to be a good writer, I have to be willing to be a bad writer’ and that ‘If only we could give ourselves permission to write “badly”, so many of us would write very well indeed”.
Taking the context into my own work, I realise it is easier to sit in the desert rather than trying to produce only work that others will like, that is most likely to sell and may not allow me to be free to try new ideas.
Exercise to try:- My adaptation of the exercise from this chapter
- Find ten examples of artwork that you like (postcards, magazine cutouts etc.) and pin them onto a board. Did you notice any common denominators that interested you? Style, Colour, Subject etc.
- Spend half an hour working in your Sketchbook – paint, draw, collage etc., based on the inspiration from the artwork. Just for the sake of it!
Share your results with friends, on your own blog or email to me and I will share them here.
Sharing my Sketchbook work
On a recent picnic with family at the annual commemoration of the battle of Flodden in the Scottish Borders, I took out my sketchbook and started to paint the view. I enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the surroundings so much that I returned a few days later to sit quietly on my own and finish my picture. I had no intention of sharing this with anyone. After all, it is unlike most of my work and not polished, considered, professional ………. excuses, excuses! But, in the spirit of sharing and, in the light of Julia’s teachings, here is my result and a photo of the view.